At the beginning of 2017, the pigeon population seemed to have increased as more and more tended to freely move closer and closer to homes around the coast. Prior, pigeons were basically restricted to the hinterlands, where they were more at ease to live amongst nature.
But the recent turn of events has been observed to have occurred some time in the mid to latter part of 2017 and appears to be more prevalent at present. And the House is curiously asking and wanting to know if there is any reason people in the community may be aware of which may have caused this to happen. Or is nature taking its course?
The House has partnered with a number of agencies and government ministries to address the health of our moana. The land and all invaluable species therein are no different.
The rupe has historical, and in some islands customary, significances. This beautiful bird that is causing no known harm to our people needs our help for survival.
The sustainability of our ecosystem and our environment is critical to the present and future enjoyment of our children. And the House is appealing to the experts and the general community to lend a hand in addressing this matter should there be known issues to our people about the demise of the pigeon.
At present this is another of several matters which the House is continuing to observe while it assesses its options.
Clerk of the House of Ariki